Flood-hit bridge repairs to start

Work to repair the damaged bridge in Shade will start next week
Work to repair the damaged bridge in Shade will start next week

Work to rebuild an historic stone bridge destroyed by the summer floods will start in the next few weeks.

The 18th century bridge, near Shade Chapel, collapsed after torrential rain transformed Walsden Water into a raging torrent on July 29.

Environment Agency contractors will rebuild the bridge as part of a programme of repairs beginning next week. The work in the area is expected to be mostly completed by Christmas.

Temporary traffic lights will have to be installed to enable the work to go-ahead.

Mark Tupman, Environment Agency project manager, said: “The bridge provides access to property and carries high voltage electricity cables to a sub-station on the other side of the river.

“The work at Shade will ensure that the level of flood protection provided by the Todmorden Flood Alleviation Scheme further downstream is maintained.”

The Environment Agency will use the main contractors, VolkerStevin, to carry out the repair work at Shade.

The Environment Agency and Calderdale Council have awarded a contract to Skipton-based engineering consultants Jeremy Benn Associates to develop a range of schemes to reduce the risk of flooding across the Calder Valley.

These will be designed to protect properties from river, surface water, upland run-off and canal flooding.

The schemes will be developed between now and February. Consultation with the affected communities will begin in 2014.

Coun Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council, said: “The ongoing work and awarding of this contract shows the council and Environment Agency’s ongoing support for flood prevention works in the upper Calder Valley.

“The works are part of the Calderdale flood recovery programme, helping local people and businesses become more prepared for flooding.”